People Power

Inspiring Stories from San Diego's Eastern Region

THE GOOD OLD DAYS ARE BACK WITH THE 21ST ANNUAL EL CAJON ROTARY CHARITY AUCTION MARCH 30

March 16, 2012 (El Cajon) – The El Cajon Rotary will be holding its 21stAnnual Charity Auction on Friday March 30 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.at the Toyota of El Cajon Showroom, 965 Arnele Avenue, El Cajon. 

TEE-OFF FOR OVARIAN CANCER GOLF TOURNAMENT ON MAY 4

March 13, 2012 (Jamul) – Nine Girls Ask? is holding its Tee-Off for Ovarian Cancer golf tournament on May 4 at Steele Canyon Golf Club, 3199 Stonefield Drive, Jamul.  The event registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the tournament will start at 1:00 p.m.

NUTRITION IS VITAL TO THE SICK—AND MAMA’S KITCHEN DELIVERS TO THOSE IN NEED

 
By Alberto Cortés
Executive Director, Mama’s Kitchen
 
March 13, 2012 (San Diego) -- March is National Nutrition Month and while most of us are focusing on how we can develop sound eating and physical activity habits, there are many who are wondering how they will be able to shop or cook their meal tonight. Why? Because they are suffering from a debilitating illness such as HIV/AIDS or cancer that doesn’t enable them to live an everyday existence.

EL CAJON ANIMAL SHELTER NEEDS BATH MATS FOR DOGS

 
March 9, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The El Cajon Animal Shelter has sent out a request through its new Facebook page to fill a need of rubber backed bath mats for the outdoor dog runs. The dog runs are floor heated but the dogs need some padding. 
 
“If everyone brought in one mat that could go a long way in satisfying their need,” says Peggy Buffo. Sizes needed are 2 x 3 feet or 3 x 4 feet.

VETERAN WITH POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) DEPARTS ON 3,800 MILE CROSS COUNTRY BICYCLE RIDE MARCH 10 IN LA MESA

 

March 7, 2012 (La Mesa)--Tom Skinner, an Army veteran, will depart on Saturday. March 10, 2012 at 9:00 A.M. from the United Church of Christ, 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa on 117-day cross country ride covering over 3,800 miles ending at White River Junction, Vermont the National PTSD Headquarters.

SPRITES HOSTS BENEFIT MARCH 24

 
March 6, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Sprites of East County, a mother-daughter philanthropic organization, will host its annual benefit on March 24 at Steele Canyon High School, 12440 Campo Road in Spring Valley.  The theme of this year's event is "Sprites Revolution." The annual benefit includes a silent auction, fashion show featuring apparel from Fashion Valley stores, dance performances, and a delicious catered lunch.  All proceeds benefit their charities.

OCCUPELLA WOMEN'S CHORUS CHANGES LYRICS TO SEND MESSAGE

 
March 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- There’s a new all volunteer female chorus in town with more gigs than they can handle. The “Occupella Chorus” sings familiar tunes, but rewords the lyrics to convey the message of social and economic injustice. A sample is “Occupy Your Mind” sung to tune of “Do Re Mi:” “Occupy your mind today. Learn what’s really going on. Me - an individual, Against a corporation.”

 

WILD CATS FROM SAN NICOLAS ISLAND FIND NEW HOME AT RAMONA SHELTER

 

February 27, 2012 (Ramona) – San Nicolas Island is best known as the setting for the novel Island of the Blue Dolphin.  But the isle in California’s Channel Islands was also used by the Navy—and a colony of wild cats believe to be descended from pets of naval personnel  were hunting wild birds and lizards, endangering native species including foxes. 

The Navy was prepared to kill all of the feral cats—until the Humane Society and the Fund for Animals stepped in. 

CITY HEIGHTS’ MARK TRAN AND OTHER YOUTH LEADERS TO ATTEND LADY GAGA'S BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION LAUNCH IN BOSTON

 

Panels, discussions and social media trainings will teach innovative ways to mobilize for positive change at conference featuring Lady Gaga, Deepak Chopra, Oprah Winfrey plus Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
 
February 27, 2012 (San Diego) – Today, The California Endowment proudly salutes San Diego City Heights’ youth Mark Tran, one of 18 young adults selected from communities across the state to take part in the official launch of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, an ambitious new effort focused on empowering youth to be leaders and advocates in their communities.

 

CARS FOR A CAUSE BENEFITS LOCAL CHARITIES

 
By Billy Ortiz
Photos By Renee Aon, Randy Stone and Billy Ortiz
 
View a video by Billy Ortiz at  http://youtu.be/S_iuDdIywU4
 
February 22, 2012 (Lakeside)--Once a month, on the corner of Los Coches and Olde Highway 80 in Lakeside,  you will find a charity event happening at the 7/11 mini market.

“DREAM DOGS” COLUMNIST/ SHELTER OWNER NEEDS HELP TO PAY EMERGENCY VET BILLS DUE TO DOG ATTACK

February 22, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- ECM columnist Cate Sacks, owner of the local shelter rescue and dog training company, Shelter Dogs to Dream Dogs, is no stranger to odd animal antics. But bad behavior hit close to home when Scooter, her seven-pound pet Maltese, was mauled by a stranger dog while out in public with the family.

The attack left a two-inch hole in Scooter's chest cavity and lungs. He also almost lost his eye and more.

COMMUNITY SEEKS HELP FOR CHILD WITH SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITION; FAMILY NEEDS CAR FOR MEDICAL VISITS

February 21, 2012 (Jacumba) – Three-year-old Destiny Pierce is a survivor. Born with no trachea and with organs on the wrong side of her body, she defied doctors’ predictions that she would not live 24 hours and survived heart surgery. 

"Mr. Pierce left his job and stopped his education of becoming a nurse so that he could stay at home and take care of his little angel, Destiny," 

said Lorrie Ostrander, a Jacumba resident who started a fundraiser to help the family in this small high-desert town in East County. Anthony Pierce needs a car to transport his "miracle" daughter to her medical appointments.   

VET'S BEST FRIEND: SERVICE DOG HELPS INJURED MARINE

By Kate Malatino

 
February 8, 2012 (San Diego)--Gabe, a San Diego military veteran, is a seemingly laid-back, young guy. He's quick to smile, easy to joke with and can often be found wearing a tee shirt that's printed to appear like a tuxedo. However, if you get to know Gabe, you quickly realize how intense he actually is. He is fearless and ambitious - an unstoppable combination.

 

YES, THERE IS A FREE LUNCH! FEB. 25 FOR SENIORS INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING AT ALVARADO HOSPITAL

RSVP by Feb. 21  for “lunch and learn” with prizes and more

February 10, 2012 (San Diego) – If you’re an active senior or retiree with plenty of free time and a desire to make a positive difference in people’s lives, you’re invited to a free “Lunch and Learn” at Alvarado Hospital  on Saturday, February 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

RANDY JONES 5K FOR INDEPENDENCE FEB. 18 AT SANTEE LAKES TO BENEFIT HOME OF GUIDING HANDS

February 9, 2012 (Santee) – The Randy Jones “5K For Independence” walk and fun run will be held on February 18 at Santee Lakes.  The event benefits Home of the Guiding Hands, which assists developmentally disabled adults and which has been hard-hit by state budget cuts.

Participants are invited to stay at Santee Lakes for a day of family fun, picnic lunch, beer garden, and awards ceremony.

LOCAL CUB SCOUTS TEAM WITH SAN DIEGO AUDUBON AND TOGETHERGREEN FOR HABITAT RESTORATION AT MARINER'S POINT

 
February 4, 2012  (Rancho San Diego, Jamul) -- Local Cub Scouts and their fathers volunteered on Saturday, January 28th to help maintain a nesting site for endangered California Least Terns at Mariner's Point in Mission Bay. They spent three hours clearing the nesting site of invasive plants so the terns can use the site for nesting and rearing their young during the next breeding season (from mid-April to August). 

 

UNION BANK AND KPBS HONOR SEVENTEEN LOCAL HEROES FEBRUARY 8

2011 Cultural Diversity Partnership Culminates with Annual Local Heroes Awards Celebration

 

February 8, 2012 (San Diego) -- – As part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, Union Bank, N.A., has  partnered with KPBS to honor 17 local individuals who are making a difference to enrich the lives of others.  The honorees were announced as part of the 2011 Cultural Diversity Partnership, which recognizes and pays tribute to local heroes from eight diverse communities who are making a difference by improving their workplace, profession, neighborhood, community, region and the world.  The year-long celebration of diversity culminates with an awards ceremony on February 8, 2012, where recipients will be formally recognized. The awards event will broadcast on KPBS-TV on April 5, 2012, at 10:30 p.m. 

Bill Bodry, founder and president of the Challenge Center, was recognized at the Union Bank and KPBS 2011 Local Heroes Awards at the Balboa Theatre on February 8, 2012. Mr. Bodry poses with Tiffany Picquilloud who nominated him for the award. Mr. Bodry and 16 other honorees were nominated for making a difference in the lives of others.
Photo by Melissa Jacobs
 

READY OR NOT: DISASTER SURVIVAL SEMINAR FEB. 11

 
Presented by Delta Kappa Gamma Society
 at the The United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM) 

 
February 2, 2012 (La Mesa) --Are you prepared for disaster?  Equipped for survival?  Know what to do, what to have ready to use in the event of a flood, tornado, hurricane, earthquake or volcanic eruption?  In the face of nuclear, biological and chemical hazards?  An epidemic?  Problems caused by our crumbling infrastructure?  Terrorism?

 No?  Susan Conniry and Tom Beasley, authors of Ready or Not: A Disaster Survival Handbook, can help.

ARE YOU PREPARED FOR A DISASTER? REGISTER TO HELP YOUR COMMUNITY AS A CERT VOLUNTEER

 
February 1, 2012 (El Cajon)--The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is all about being prepared for a disaster, such as an earthquake, firestorm or house fire. This FREE preparedness education program offers residents the knowledge and tools they'll need in the event of a disaster.  The first academy is now full, but there are two more academies being offered for 2012.  Pick the one that best fits your schedule, and call (619) 441-1737 to register.  Please leave your name and best contact phone number.  Hurry, classes will fill quickly.  

 

MISS ALPINE, MT EMPIRE AND SAN DIEGO EAST COUNTY PAGEANTS MARCH 25: CONTESTANTS WANTED


January 31, 2012  (Alpine) -- On Saturday, March 25, 2012 the communities of Alpine and Mt. Empire will host one of their traditions, the Miss Alpine, Miss Mt. Empire, and Miss East County Scholarship Pageants.

The organizers are seeking young women ages 6-24 to participate in the pageants that have been a mentoring program for them. The pageants are produced by the Associated Pageants of Alpine/Mt. Empire and focus on community service. There is no swimsuit competition, and no entry fee to participate, only a sponsorship fee.

EL CAJON YOUTH OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

 
January 30, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon Teen Coalition would like to recognize youth for making a difference in our community.  If you see, hear, or know of a youth who has gone the extra mile to improve the quality of life in our community, please take this opportunity to acknowledge and reward that effort. 

 

APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2012 EL CAJON CITIZEN'S ACADEMY

 
January 30, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The El Cajon Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2012 Citizen's Police Academy. The Citizen's Police Academy is an eight week program that allows members of the community to learn how their police department functions from the inside - out. 

 

UNION BANK AND KPBS HONOR SEVENTEEN LOCAL HEROES

 
January 25, 2012 (San Diego) -- As part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, Union Bank, N.A., has partnered with KPBS to honor 17 local individuals who are making a difference to enrich the lives of others.  The honorees were announced as part of the 2011 Cultural Diversity Partnership, which recognizes and pays tribute to local heroes from eight diverse communities who are making a difference by improving their workplace, profession, neighborhood, community, region and the world.  The year-long celebration of diversity culminates with an awards ceremony on  February 8, 2012, where recipients will be formally recognized.

 

BILL AND NORMA VERBECK HONORED FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO EAST COUNTY ORGANIZATIONS

                                      

January 26, 2011 (La Mesa)--Officials of many East County organizations recognized the contributions made by Bill and Norma Verbeck at a special luncheon eeting of the Kiwanis Club of La Mesa today at the La Mesa Community Center.
 
Bill Verbeck was awarded the Kiwanis International 50-Year Legion of Honor at the meeting. Tony Zambelli, president of the La Mesa Kiwanis Club, mad the presentation.

 

SANTEE SANTAS TO RECEIVE $1,000 DONATION FROM FRESH & EASY

 
January 21, 2012 (Santee) – The 2012 holiday season may be almost a year away, but Santee Santas are getting an early holiday gift.  The all-volunteer, non-profit organization that has been bringing the spirit of the holidays to the Santee community for more than fifty years was informed that they will be the recipients of a $1,000 cash donation from Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market.

 

BLIND SPRING VALLEY WOMAN DRAWS NATIONAL ATTENTION, WEAVES MATS FOR HOMELESS AND MORE OUT OF PLASTIC BAGS

By Miriam Raftery

January 21, 2012 (Spring Valley) –More than 70 homeless people in San Diego have a clean, dry mat to sleep on – thanks to the tireless efforts of Wilma Groh. 

PLEDGE DRIVE MOUNTED TO SAVE PALOMAR STATE PARK FROM CLOSURE

 

Update: 20% of $60,000 funding goal met so far; pledges sought from public

New! View a video of what may be lost:  http://palomarsp.org/friends/save_palomar_video_standard.htm

By Miriam Raftery

January 16, 2012 (Palomar) –  Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park has submitted a plan to the California Dept. of Parks and Recreation that could prevent the park from closing permanently on July 1 due to budget cuts. The group seeks pledges from inidividuals in hopes of reaching $60,000.  [Editor's note: 16% of the goal was met when we posted this. Now on Jan. 17, 20% of the goal has been met. Thanks to our readers who helped! I made a pledge and hope many more of you will help save this beautiful place!)

 To pledge, visit www.friendsofpalomarsp.org. (You won't be asked to pay unless State Parks agrees to the plan.) To  learn more and see photos of what’s at stake, see ECM’s story on Palomar State Park at http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/5539

SEASON FOR NONVIOLENCE: AZIM KHAMISA, FATHER OF SLAIN SON, TO SPEAK JANUARY 29 IN EL CAJON

January 17, 2012 (El Cajon)--World-renowned speaker Azim Khamisa on January 29, 2012 will kick off the 15th annual "Season for Nonviolence" at Christ Church Unity in El Cajon. Khamisa, who has been praised by dignitaries including the Dalai Llama and former President Bill Clinton, delivers his inspirational message following the senseless-gang-related death of his son, Tariq in 1995.

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